A High Priest, perpetual, great, living, and able to save to the uttermost
, king of Salem, priest of the Most High God, who met Abraham returning from the bslaughter
of the kings and blessed him,
To whom also Abraham apportioned a atenth
part of all; first being interpreted 1bking
of righteousness, and then also king of Salem, which is 1cking
father, without mother, without genealogy; having neither abeginning
of days nor bend
of life, but likened to the Son of God, abides a priest cperpetually
And consider how 1agreat
this one was, to whom the patriarch Abraham gave a tenth of the choice spoils.
And they of the sons of Levi, who received the priestly service, have a commandment to take atithes
from the people according to the law, that is, from their brothers, though they have come forth from the loins of Abraham.
But he whose genealogy is not counted from them has taken tithes from Abraham and has 1ablessed
him who has the promises.
But without any dispute the 1lesser
is blessed by the 2greater
And here men, who die, receive tithes; but there, one aof
whom it is testified that he blives
And, so to speak, through Abraham, 1Levi
also, he who receives tithes, has been made to pay tithes,
For he was still in the loins of his father when Melchisedec met him.
If indeed then perfection were through the Levitical priesthood (for under it the people have received the law), what need was there still that a different 1Priest
should arise according to the order of aMelchisedec
and that He should not be said to be
according to the order of Aaron?
For since the apriesthood
, of necessity there comes into being a 2btransfer
of law also.
For He of whom these things are said 1belongs
to a different tribe, from which ano
one has attended to the altar.
For it is evident that our Lord has 1risen
out of 2aJudah
, concerning which tribe Moses spoke nothing about priests.
And it is still more abundantly evident since it is
according to the alikeness
of Melchisedec that
a different Priest arises,
Who has been appointed not according to the law of a afleshy
commandment but according to the bpower
of an 1indestructible clife
For it is testified, "You are a Priest forever according to the aorder
For there is, on the one hand, the 1asetting
aside of the preceding commandment because of its bweakness
(For the alaw 1bperfected
nothing), and, on the other hand, the bringing in 2thereupon
of a 3better chope
, through which we ddraw
near to God.
And inasmuch as He was
not made a Priest
without the taking of an oath
(For they are appointed priests without the taking of an oath, but He, with the taking of an oath by Him who said to Him, a
"The Lord has sworn and will not regret it,
You are a Priest forever''),
By so much Jesus has also become the 1surety
of a abetter bcovenant
And they are appointed priests many in number because death prevents them
But He, because He aabides
forever, has His priesthood unalterable.
Hence also He is aable
to save 1to
the uttermost those who bcome
forward to God through Him, since He clives
always to 2dintercede
For such a aHigh
Priest was also fitting to us, holy, bguileless
, undefiled, separated from sinners and having become 1higher
than the cheavens
Who does not have daily need, as the high priests do,
up sacrifices first for his bown
sins and then for those of the people; for this He did conce
for all when He doffered
For the law establishes men as high priests who have aweakness
, but the word of the oath, which was
after the law, establishes